6 Sep


Tuesday, September 6, 2o11


Asbury Seminary faculty comment on the Sermon on the Mount at asburyreader.com.


Matthew 5:48 NIV

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Be Perfect

“Perfect!” what a winsome word. We love to say it. “That’s perfect!” The word exudes excitement, satisfaction, fulfillment and an overall joyful sense of goodness. Not so with the word “perfection.” Perfection implies an unattainable standard and an endless quest to measure up. Semantics you say? Humor the distinction. In making the contrast, we intend to separate the tortured-ness of perfectionism and travail from the “givenness” of grace and truth.

Perfection demands striving and achieving.

Perfect invites beholding and becoming.

Perfection sets a standard that must be achieved.
It breeds performance and perfectionism.

Perfect reveals a quality of heart that can only be received.
It beckons humility and attention.

19 Aug

Welcome to our next Reading Excursion

Thanks for joining us. Our Fall 2011 Reader, “Perfect” launches on September 6.

We are very pleased to welcome the Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the Wesley Foundation at the University of Arkansas, who will join us.

If you would like a physical copy of the Reader we would be glad to send you one.

Send your request via US Mail with an enclosed check for $10 (to cover cost plus shipping and handling) to

Asbury Reader Project
Asbury Theological Seminary
204 N. Lexington Ave.
Wilmore, KY 40390
ATTN: J.D. Walt

Visit www.asburyreader.com on your mobile device and download the mobile app to enjoy all the features of this fall’s reader.

Again, thank you for joining us. We look forward to reading with you.

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